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Sean Avery        

Former Professional Hockey Player & Personality on Season 18 of "Dancing with the Stars"

Sean Avery is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. During his career in the National Hockey League (NHL), he played left wing for the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars and New York Rangers, gaining recognition for his agitating playing style and controversial behavior both on and off the ice. He is also known for his eclectic interests, having worked in fashion, most notably as an intern at Vogue magazine; as a model; and as a restaurateur. He finished his 12-year career with a total of 90 goals, 247 points and 1,533 penalty minutes in 580 games.

After retiring in 2012, Avery began working at advertising and creative agency Lipman in New York City. Hired by founder, chairman and chief creative officer David Lipman, Avery was appointed chief strategic officer and helped develop strategies for numerous Lipman clients, including the campaign for the Stuart Weitzman line’s Spring/Summer 2013 campaign, featuring Kate Moss, and 7 For All Mankind jeans, which showcased Avery himself as a model. He has also handled a range of assignments for Lipman’s parent company, Revolate Holdings.

Avery is invested in Twtmob (pronounced “tweet mob”), which connects users with advertisers and campaigns, enabling users to monetize Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites.

In April 2008, it was announced that Avery would be spending the summer offseason interning at Vogue magazine. In June 2008, Avery guest-edited, the website for Men's Vogue magazine. His interest mainly resides with women's fashion; of men's fashion Avery has said, “You do suits and pants and that's about that. Women's clothes tell a story. That's what's interesting to me.”

In 2008, New Line Cinema put into development a film based on Avery’s life, focusing on his status as a professional athlete with an active interest in fashion, including a summer internship at Vogue. Stan Chervin, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for "Moneyball," was hired to write the script.

In 2009, Avery worked with men's fashion label Commonwealth Utilities to present a clothing line for Fashion Week in New York City. Avery was then hired to be the face of Hickey Freeman's Spring/Summer 2012 ad campaign, shot by Francesco Carrozzini. The print ads have appeared in Vanity Fair, DC Modern Luxury and other magazines. Avery stars in the 2013 campaign for 7 For All Mankind, A Beautiful Odyssey, a trio of shorts directed by James Franco.

Avery played a small role in the 2005 Maurice Richard biopic "The Rocket: The Legend of Rocket Richard," portraying former New York Rangers defenseman Bob Dill. Avery appeared in a 2007 episode of "MADtv" with Kings teammates Tom Kostopoulos and Scott Thornton. He was a guest on a 2009 episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon; a Top Ten List presenter on a 2009 episode of Late Show with David Letterman; a guest judge on Project Runway: All Stars in 2012; and appeared on Fashion Police in 2013. He was on People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive 2007 list.

On March 4, 2014, he was announced as one of the celebrities who will take part in the 18th season of Dancing with the Stars. He is partnered with Karina Smirnoff.

Avery is believed to be the first athlete in New York to publicly voice his support for same-sex marriage. In May 2012, Avery joined the board of directors of Athlete Ally, a nonprofit organization focused on ending homophobia and trans-phobia in sports by educating those in the athletic community and empowering them to take a stand against prejudice. Athlete Ally also provides public awareness campaigns, educational programming, and tools and resources to foster inclusive sports communities around the country.


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